Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution (Wii)

By Richard Senkel

Published on Friday, January 18, 2008

Graphics: 8.00
Sound: 4.00
Gameplay: 6.00
Environs: 6.00
Replays: 8.00
Gamelength: 3.00

Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution is the next installment in the Naruto: Clash of Ninja series. The big disappointment here is that it is not a new game, it is merely a remake of the Gamecube’s cell-shaded 3D fighting game, Naruto: Clash of Ninja. The only change in the game is the fact that now the player uses a Wiimote and Nunchuck instead of a Gamecube controller (nut you can use the Gamecube controller if you don’t want to use the Wiimote and Nunchuck). The characters, attacks, and fighting styles (1 player, 2 player versus, etc.) are all the same. Other than the fact that this game is a remake, it is a good game. The Gamecube version was good and the fact that players use the Wiimote and Nunchuck makes it even better. If you do not have the Gamecube version, have a Wii, and like Naruto, you should buy this game. Last thing before the review; this game is fun and I love it. It may be a biased review because I like the Naruto series, but I honestly believe that when you start swinging your Wiimote and Nunchuck, just trying to get a final hit on your opponent, you will love it too.

This is not a basic fighting game. It is based on ninjas after all. Instead of using regular fighting styles and knowing what a person is going to do next based on their stance, the players are left on the edge of their seats (if they can manage to sit during the chaos) not knowing if their attack will hit or if the opponent has enough chakra (mana/magic) to disappear from where he was and reappear right behind them. Players will be frantically running around stages trying to dodge giant, falling toads, fireballs, electricity, shadows, etc. As you can probably tell, it is a pretty crazy game and it will keep you on your toes but that is half the fun of the Wii, the fact that during all of this craziness, players will have to be actually attacking and moving instead of sitting on a couch. Even though this game is very fun and chaotic there is a problem; Its fighting mechanic is not polished. As a fighting game at its core, it should contain at least a smooth combat system without flaws of any sort. This cannot be said for Naruto: Clash of Ninja: Revolution.

Other than the chaotic fighting scheme Naruto: Clash of Ninj: Revolution sticks pretty close to all the other standards of fighting games. It has a relatively short single player story line that wouldn’t take more than a few hours to beat, and the replay value is where it stands strong. No matter how many times you play a fighting game, you will come back to it if it’s good, not for the story line as much, but for multiplayer. Fighting games are really just multiplayer games with a single player campaign thrown in afterwards. No two fights will ever be the same and thus this will be kept interesting. If you play through the story and do other challenges within the game you will unlock new characters as well. It has a nearly endless amount of replay value for those who like it.

The graphics in the game are about as good as cell-shading can get. Players won’t be seeing any glorious backgrounds or perfectly rendered characters, because that is just not the style necessary when creating a game based on an anime. If you aren’t used to cell shading then it might look weird at first, but it’s a style necessary for certain games. The cell shading isn’t the best in game history, but they portray the Naruto universe as well as possible.

The sound of the game is comparable to the sound of every other Naruto game to date. By that, I mean repetitive. Each move has a certain sound and each player has a certain catch phrase. Both are fine to a point, but after that set point, players could get annoyed with them. The most annoying part of the phrases is the fact that they are badly dubbed (like every dub of Naruto characters).

Naruto: Clash of Ninja Revolution is a remake at heart, but I recommend it to anyone who likes Naruto and doesn’t have the Gamecube version. At least, it is a fun party game that will get you and your friends up and moving while playing.

Overall Rating: 6.00

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